I am glad that Mary Lynn agreed to do this interview on my blog and she has been generous to offer a giveaway – this beautiful pair of blue earrings for one reader:) But before that, let’s get to know a little more about the shop owner.
What’s the inspiration behind your shop’s name?
I think defining the name of your shop is something that everyone deliberates over and over and over again and then just when they think they have it…the name is already taken or uncertainty creeps in and they start questioning themselves again!
Bluebird [ˈbluːˌbɜːd] A true-blue, authentically genuine, fabled Blue Bird of Happiness
Bijou [bē’zhū’] A small, exquisitely wrought trinket
How old is your shop?
My shop is only 4 months old- it was launched in November 2010.
What inspired you to start your own home business?
I have always loved artisan handcrafted jewelry. When traveling to seaside towns or areas across the country, I love browsing unique artisan shops – particularly the handcrafted jewelry section. Unfortunately, I am like a moth to a flame- somehow I am always drawn to the most expensive item in the store. So, there was more browsing than purchasing!
|“I usually sit outside on my deck,
on my sofa, at the table,
or on a chair at the beach!” –MaryLynn
I prefer to keep my craft simple- meaning only hand held portable tools. I remember I picked up a copy of Wire magazine and thinking, “You can create that… with two pliers!” I find the smaller and more tedious the work the more I love it!
What was the toughest challenge you faced so far?
Having confidence in my craft and feeling vulnerable from exposing my art for the world to see and judge. And, I also deal with a small defect called perfectionism!
How did you get over it?
Please Name:the things you do when you’re not busy in your shop?
of Bluebird Bijou
Personally- I love taking classes to learn new techniques to create jewelry. I also love everything outdoors, travel, museums, and am a huge foodie!
Stuff inside your bag you can’t leave home without?
This is easy; I have to have in my purse at all times lipstick, tic-tacs, wallet and my droid phone.
Your favorite shops?
There are so many shops that I love on Etsy, but here are a few of my favs:
BijouxOdalisque’s- all of it!
Skydreams- all of it!
Idolly Designs- I love, love, love her Leaf Necklace!
Elementclaystudio- Nesting Scallop Bowls, Copper Blue
Creativethursday- I am a thriving artist
Lighttexture- Steam Light Micro Lamp
Ok- I have to stop this could never end!
Your top 3 favorite picks from your shop?
Since we could not be there with my mom, I went searching for a special gift that would help her through this difficult time. But after not finding anything personalized or special enough, I decided to make her a necklace that she could wear everyday to remind her of family and that we were there for her in spirit.
Believe in yourself- follow your dreams- and don’t be so hard on yourself.
Any message to your customers and the people who support you?
A special thanks to you Rachel at theshopbug :))
Thank you MaryLynn for being our Shop of the Week!
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Our Shop of the Week interview features s new Etsy seller. She will soon fill her shop with more of her creations but she has finished some goodies like the ones you see in this post. I love interviewing new entrepreneurs because their stories and courage can be very inspiring for others who want to start a home business.
Kachina is also offering a gift to one of our readers. It will be a surprise! All you have to do is check out Kachina leave a comment on this post, telling us what you like from her shop. The winner will be picked via random on March 14th. Please check back by that date to see if you won or leave your email address so I can contact you.